Roman road Via Aurelia
Château de Berne is located on the Via Aurelia Roman road, which used to link Italy and Spain. Already at that time, the wine was transported along the road, so that the roots of our vines go far back, just like the roots of our ancestors! The grapes ripen through the disinterested sun of Provence and is filled with sumptuous juice, so highly valued by the Romans ...
Raymond V, earl of Toulouse, donated the estate to Saint Bernard, the founder of the Cistercian Order. The monks settled here and engaged in the cultivation of this rich soil. The name Château de Berne comes from Saint-Bernard and the Bernardine Cistercian monks.
Revival of the Château de Berne
The estate underwent reconstruction in the mid-18th century, when the Estellon family rebuilt their living quarters, planted new plots and, moreover, decided to breathe life into the Castle, turning it into a center of hospitality and celebration, combined with a quiet retreat.
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The estate was restored in 1960 by a Parisian publicist named Madame Smits. Thanks to its impeccable taste, the resurrection of the Castle was an authentic little miracle. In 1985, Berne was bought by Englishman Bill Muddimen, who transplanted 79 acres of vineyards, modernized the winery’s production facilities and rebuilt the cellars. In 1995, he appointed Didier Fritz to manage real estate and develop a new hotel concept revolving around wine tourism.
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A British businessman and wine amateur bought the Château de Berne in 2007, along with the Château des Bertrands and Ludovic de Beauséjour vineyards. Three vineyards in total make up more than 250 hectares. In the same year, the Château de Berne continues to innovate by launching a stylish and very popular signature - a square bottle of wine - the first of its kind.
Chateau de Berne is located on the territory of Haut Var (northern part of Var), characterized by a continental climate.
In this area, cool evenings contribute to slow and optimal ripening of the grapes. Our Rosé wines ripen late and have good structure and fullness.
With 290 acres, ChateaudeBerne vines grow on limestone terroirs. They are mainly located on the south side and 1,500 acres are covered with forests. Such a different soil and climate contribute to optimal growing conditions for different grape varieties, 10 of which are most often used for the production of Chateau wines: Schirach, Grenache, Senso, Semillion, Uni Blanc, Viognier, Cabernet, Carignan, Rolle and Mourvedre.